Events in Film & Television in 2022

Golden Globes

Jan 10 79th Golden Globes: Best film "The Power of the Dog" (drama), "West Side Story" (comedy/musical), Best TV series "Succession", Best Director Jane Campion (Motion Picture)

Music History

Jan 26 Spotify removes Neil Young's music from its streaming platform after the singer-songwriter's ultimatum in objection to COVID-19 misinformation in Joe Rogan's podcasts [1]

The Music Man

Feb 15 Revival of Meredith Willson's musical "The Music Man", starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, opens at Winter Garden Theater, NYC

The Batman

Mar 1 DC film "The Batman" starring Robert Pattinson and Zoë Kravitz, directed and written by Matt Reeves premieres in New York

Music History

Mar 9 American singer-songwriter Lionel Richie receives Library of Congress Gershwin Prize at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

BAFTA Awards

Mar 13 75th BAFTA awards: Best Film "The Power of the Dog", Best Director Jane Campion, acting awards Joanna Scanlan, Will Smith

  • Mar 16 After 20 seasons as Fox's NFL lead broadcast team, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman join ESPN as new lead commentators of Monday Night Football

Music Concert

Mar 26 British rock band Genesis performs final concert of farewell tour at O2 Arena in London, England

  • Mar 27 94th Academy Awards: "CODA" wins best film, best director Jane Campion, best actress Jessica Chastain, best actor Will Smith who also controversially slaps host Chris Rock live on stage [1]
  • Mar 28 Actor Will Smith issues an apology on Instagram to Oscars host Chris Rock for slapping him live on stage during the ceremony [1]

Film & TV History

Mar 30 Bruce Willis announces he is stepping away from acting after a diagnosis of aphasia [1]

Grammy Awards

Apr 3 64th Grammy Awards: Jon Batiste wins Album of the Year, Olivia Rodrigo three awards including Best New Artist, Silk Sonic Best Song "Leave the Door Open" [1]

  • Apr 8 US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences bans Will Smith from attending the Oscars for 10 years after he slapped host Chris Rock on stage during the 2022 ceremony [1]

Music History

Apr 10 Revival of "Cabaret" starring Eddie Redmayne wins best musical at UK's Olivier Awards, "Life of Pi" wins best play [1]

Film & TV History

Apr 17 Alex Jones' companies including website Infowars, file for bankruptcy in the US after losing defamation suits filed by families of the Sandy Hook Massacre (which he called a hoax)

  • Apr 20 Online streaming service Netflix suffers its first subscriber loss in a decade, losing 200,000 customers Jan-Mar [1]

Music History

May 7 Berklee College of Music bestows honorary doctorates to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr; bassist Chuck Rainey; composer James Newton Howard; and R&B singer Lalah Hathaway

  • May 8 British actor Ncuti Gatwa named as the first black actor to play Doctor Who (as the fourteenth doctor), replacing Jodie Whittaker in long-running BBC sci-fi drama [1]

Film & TV History

May 8 UK BAFTA Television Awards: "In My Skin" Best Drama, Big Zuu Best Entertainment, Sean Bean and Jodie Comer best acting awards

Warhol's 'Marilyn' Sells for $195m

May 9 An Andy Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe sells for $195 million at auction in New York - the highest price ever for an American artwork [1]

  • May 12 "Fat Ham" an adaption of William Shakespeare's Hamlet by James Ijames opens off-Broadway at The Public Theater in New York (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2022)

Top Gun Maverick

May 27 "Top Gun Maverick" the sequel starring Tom Cruise, Miles Teller and Jennifer Connelly is released 36 years after the original film

  • May 27 Ringo Starr's fifteenth All-Starr Band debuts in concert; members include: Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham
  • May 28 75th Cannes Film Festival: Swedish director Ruben Ostlund's "Triangle of Sadness " wins the Palme d'Or [1]

Film & TV History

Jun 2 Jury in defamation case brought by Johnny Depp against ex-wife Amber Heard awards Depp $15 million in damages and compensation and Heard $2 million in damages in Fairfax, Virginia [1]

  • Jun 8 "Ms Marvel" TV miniseries premieres on Disney+, with Disney's first on-screen Muslim superhero story, starring Iman Vellani [1]

Film & TV History

Jun 10 Actress Rebel Wilson comes out on Instagram, before it emerges an Australian newspaper had given her 27 hours to comment on their upcoming story on her new female partner [1]

  • Jun 10 Ringo Starr suspends his half-completed summer All-Starr Band tour when two musicians test positive for COVID-19
  • Jun 17 "Running Up That Hill" single by Kate Bush goes to #1 on the UK chart; originally released in 1985, the song was featured in sci-fi television show "Stranger Things", its record 44 year climb to the top also makes Bush (63) the oldest female artist to score a No.1

Film & TV History

Jun 18 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences apologizes to Sacheen Littlefeather for the treatment she received when she declined an Oscar on behalf of actor Marlon Brando in 1973 [1]

Film & TV History

Jun 21 LA jury finds Bill Cosby liable for sexual assault of a 16 year-old in 1975 at the Playboy mansion, awards victim 500,000 [1]

  • Jul 12 Netflix's South Korean drama "Squid Game" is the first non-English series to be nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Drama [1]

Film & TV History

Jul 12 Twitter sues Elon Musk after he pulls out of a deal to buy the social media site, accusing him of "trashing it" and "a model of bad faith" [1]

  • Aug 4 Infowars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones ordered to pay $4.1 million in compensatory damages to parents of child killed in Sandy Hook massacre after Jones claimed it was a hoax [1] [2] [3]

Film & TV History

Aug 5 Actress Anne Heche crashes her car into a house in Mar Vista, Los Angeles, igniting a fire that puts her in a coma and destroys much of the house [1]

  • Aug 5 Jury in Austin, Texas decides 'Infowars' host Alex Jones should pay $45.2 million in punitive damages to parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victim due to his promotion of false conspiracy theories that the massacre was a hoax [1]

House of the Dragon

Aug 22 "House of the Dragon", prequel to "Game of Thrones" premieres on HBO, starring Paddy Considine, Matt Smith and Emma D'Arcy

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Sep 1 TV Series "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" premieres on Amazon Prime Video

  • Sep 5 Ringo Starr resumes his All-Starr Band tour after two musicians recover from COVID
  • Sep 12 74th Emmy Awards: "Succession" Best Drama, "Ted Lasso" Best Comedy, "The White Lotus" Best Limited Series [1]
  • Sep 12 Lee Jung-jae, star of "Squid Game" is the first person from a foreign-language show to win an Emmy for best actor in a drama [1]
  • Sep 16 Singing drummer Ringo Starr releases his creatively titled third EP, "EP3"

Toronto Film Festival

Sep 18 Steven Spielberg's film "The Fabelmans" wins The People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival

Music Concert

Sep 27 American band "Foo Fighters" and friends hold tribute concert for drummer Taylor Hawkins at Kia Forum, Los Angeles, California; performers include: Joan Jett; Stewart Copland; Rush; Alanis Morissette; Def Leppard with Miley Cyrus; Wolfgang Van Halen; and Queen

  • Oct 1 Ringo Starr postpones two dates of his All-Starr Band tour due to illness
  • Oct 3 Ringo Starr postpones five dates of his All-Starr Band tour in Canada due to his testing positive for COVID-19
  • Oct 11 Ringo Starr resumes his All-Starr Band tour with a show in Seattle, Washington after his testing positive for COVID-19
  • Oct 12 American conspiracy theorist, radio host, and provocateur Alex Jones ordered by a Connecticut defamation trial jury to pay $965 million to families of those killed in 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School for falsely and repeatedly claiming on his broadcasts that none of the 20 children and six adults killed had actually died and that their relatives were crisis actors [1]
  • Oct 13 Ringo Starr cancels five remaining scheduled All-Starr Band tour concert dates in California and Mexico, after getting rebound COVID-19 infection
  • Oct 24 US Mint issues first US currency featuring an Asian-American - silent film actress Anna May Wong; coin is part of American Women Quarters Program celebrates female trailblazers [1] [2]

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Oct 26 "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" has its world premiere in Hollywood starring Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong'o, Danai Gurira

Live at the Bon Soir

Nov 4 Columbia Records releases album "Barbra Streisand - Live At The Bon Soir", recorded in an NYC nightclub in November 1962

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Nov 5 37th Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo; Duran Duran; Eminem; Eurythmics; Dolly Parton; Lionel Richie; Carly Simon; Judas Priest; Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis; Harry Belafonte; Elizabeth Cotten; Allen Grubman; Jimmy Iovine; and Sylvia Robinson [1]

Film & TV History

Nov 8 Actor Chris Evans named People magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive, says “My mom will be so happy” [1]

Film & TV History

Nov 20 Disney announces Bob Iger's return as chief executive less than a year after he retired from the company [1]

Music History

Dec 4 Kennedy Center Honors ceremony held for Gladys Knight, Amy Grant, George Clooney, U2, and Tania León in Washington D.C.

Avatar: The Way of Water

Dec 6 James Cameron's sci-fi film sequel "Avatar: The Way of Water" starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldaña premieres in London

Film & TV History

Dec 8 Documentary series "Harry & Meghan" about Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex begins streaming on Netflix

Film & TV History

Dec 8 Trevor Noah hosts his final episode of late-night talk and satirical news television program "The Daily Show"

  • Dec 11 Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman's musical "Some Like It Hot", based on the 1959 feature film comedy, opens at the Shubert Theatre, NYC; garners 13 Tony Award nominations